They stand out in the modern sports world by respecting unique values like parity, equity, transparency and honesty
The Golden Trail World Series exists to celebrate and evolve trail running as a sport. The series stands out in the modern sports world respecting unique values like parity, equity, transparency, and honesty. The races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events in the sport today.
It aims to promote professional trail runners as the world-class athletes that they are, to showcase and protect the awe-inspiring natural environments where we play and compete, and to acknowledge the amazing, passionate fans as an essential ingredient in the sport. Each of the six races in the series has been specifically selected for the scenery, the challenge, the history, and the atmosphere that they offer to both the runners and to the public. These are the races that every runner wants to experience and some of the first written on any runner’s bucket list.
It combines these iconic races into a new and revolutionary concept. A clear and simple format where each runner’s best three results from the six races count. This will generate excitement for the public who follow the entire season and to ensure that elites meet each other a maximum of times during the year guaranteeing a high level at each race.
However, it is more than just a race series – it celebrates trail running, trail running athletes and the fans. Every celebration needs a party – a finale that embodies everything we stand for. Each year The Golden Trail World Series will choose a very special race for the Grand Final.
In 2022, the top 30 men and women from the overall ranking after the 6th race will be invited to the MADEIRA OCEAN TRAILS Stage Race Grand Final. This guarantees an epic battle till the very last finish line.
After a successful year in 2018 for the GTWS (ex-GTS), 2019 saw the Golden Trail National Series (GTNS) appear in some countries like France-Belgium, Spain-Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic-Slovakia and Poland.
Depending on the geography, a GTNS could be held in different countries like France and Belgium, Spain and Portugal, Czech Re-public-Slovakia and Poland, etc.
While the GTWS aims to gather together the best international ath-letes, the GTNS aims to get the best national athletes together and give them an opportunity to be invited to the GTC.
The aim of the national series is to give an opportunity to any strong athletes to take part in the most prestigious international trail running championship the following year and measure themselves against the world’s best athletes.
Each national series will highlight the countries’ best races & best athletes with a formula of 2 to 5 races + a national finale and an overall GTNS Grand Final gathering the best of each GTNS.
The top 3 men and women of the overall GTNS Grand Final will be invited to participate in 3 international races of the GTWS in the following year.
2020 has been a special year, which forced us to reinvent ourselves.
The Golden Trail Championship was created out of a worldwide lockdown and not being allowed to go to races around the world.
From 2022, The GTC will always be an option that we keep in the event of unusual circumstances that would force us to cancel GTWS races.